Purportedly Nonpartisan Houston Nonprofit Seeks to Arm Neighborhoods, Observe Effects

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Let's hand out free shotguns and see what happens. Nothing could possibly go wrong.
Over the weekend, the AP ran a story centered just outside the Loop, in a north Houston neighborhood called Oak Forest. Nestled against TC Jester Park and I-45, Oak Forest is one of Houston's older enclaves. And until recently, it had been one of the more placid.

However, a string of recent crimes -- characterized aptly as "driveway holdups" -- have turned the neighborhood skittish. According to certain residents, Houston police have warned residents not to go out at night. Goods have been jacked. Nerves have been frayed. Masked gunmen have run with impunity.

As one resident said, "If you don't have a gun, you're just a walking victim. You're just waiting for somebody to take advantage of you and your property."

(It's like that famous Glenn Beck quote: "The truth is that guns on so many occasions are the only difference between your mom or sister getting raped and them walking home unmolested." The only difference.)

(And as another parenthetical aside: Is this woman joking? Is this quote a satire? Is this Wayne LaPierre's wife?)

Fortunately, there's one nonprofit that wants to help. The Armed Citizens Project, a Houston-based organization, sees it as its mission to arm those defenseless; to aid those in need; and to threaten the superstitious, cowardly lot that would prey on those law-abiding citizens in areas like Oak Forest.

As the group's mission statement says,

The Armed Citizen Project is dedicated to facilitating the arming of law abiding citizens, and analyzing the relationship between increased firearm availability and rates [sic]. We are choosing mid-high crime neighborhoods in cities across America, and offering defensive weapons to citizens that can pass a background check, and that will take our safety, legal, and tactical training.

And when they mean "offer," as the AP refers to that measure, they mean it -- they're not looking for any compensation. The ACP guys, helmed by 29-year-old Kyle Coplen, are set to give residents of Oak Forest free weaponry, provided they can pass necessary checks.



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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Question : How many Texans does it take to screw in a light bulb ?

Answer : Zero . They give up after FAILING to figure out the instructions, & hire a Mexican for the 'job' ...


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

GREAT IDEA !!!

USE ILLEGAL DRUG MONEY TO FUND !!!

Lock up your residents under the guise of your 'local war on drugs'. TOO .

Propaganda at it's red-neck finest !!!!

MJT1
MJT1

This is the NRA's Achilles heel.  What's the best way to make new members?  Make new gun owners.  Free guns and training, go for it.  I would have picked a neighborhood that had a higher crime rate, not a more newsworthy one.  Ever hear of the NRA offering no-interest loans to people in crime-ridden neighborhoods to buy guns or refurbishing donated guns and recycling them to worthy recipients?   Never.  Let this bunch be the lead ducks.  In an old study of Orlando, FL pharmacists that received firearms training, crimes against their stores dropped regardless of whether the pharmacist did or did not have a firearm on the premises.

boink
boink

"Perhaps they missed the 2013 Journal of American Medicine study illustrating the markedly positive correlation between household firearm ownership and firearm-related deaths."

This study includes suicide by firearm. If we are going to talk about firearm violence then perhaps we should leave suicides out?

"Perhaps they think they can offer some form of controlled, scientific survey where others have failed."

Form the Journal of American Medicine study you linked to:

"As our study could not determine a cause-and-effect relationship, further studies are necessary to define the nature of this association."


rgwalt
rgwalt

My 2 cents... People want to feel safe in and around their homes, and have the right to protect themselves and their property.  When a masked gunman robs you while mowing the yard, and demands entry into your home, you can't know when the demands will stop.  You give up your wallet, then they ask for your car keys.  You give them your car keys, then they ask you to come along with them to the ATM.  Then they take you for a drive in your car, pull off the road in the country, and put a bullet into your head.  Then they drive back to your house at night and finish cleaning it out.  It may sound absurd... it may sound extreme, but you are dealing with cirminals here!  Where will someone stop once they've threatened you with a gun?  I don't want to put my safety, and the lives of myself and my family into the control of a criminal.

jennyt71
jennyt71

why is this just making news?? This happened May 5 (when they passed out their fliers).. KHOU was late and so is this article. They made a big deal about nothing. The entire subdivision didnt get the fliers, just 77092 area code.. then they only gave the shotguns to about 30-40 people. Blowing this WAY out of proportion.

Anse
Anse

I happen to live in a small neighborhood adjacent to Oak Forest (not Garden Oaks). If you'd like to behold a community going bananas with paranoia, check out the Oak Forest Homeowner's Association Facebook page. Most of it is just harmless stuff like "Can anybody recommend a good Chinese restaurant near here?" But once in a while, they get a frenzied spate of alarmed posts by folks who think they see suspicious stuff going on. Somebody will post a picture of some random dude walking in the neighborhood, and with it a question: "Does anybody recognize this guy? I saw him walking around and looking at stuff!" Once, it turned out to be a Reliant Energy salesman. In almost all cases, it's a black or Hispanic guy. One day I saw an African-American gentleman jogging along Oak Forest Dr, and my wife and I joked that somebody was probably going to snap a pic and put it on the FB page. But of course, it's not a joke. There have been a rash of crimes in this area and I understand that people are on alert, but I worry that folks are going overboard. 

morning_sunshine
morning_sunshine

Arming the citizenry may be great in theory, but how this will work in practice may be a little odd.  I can't imagine wearing a holster whilst mowing the grass, which is when a neighbor was approached by two armed men who demanded first his wallet, and when he didn't have that, entry into his home to retrieve it.  Nor do I especially want the 80- year old gentleman across the street to come out guns blazing - he can't see to hit the broadside of a barn, much less an armed bandit - shoudl he perceive a threat to my security. But the police suggestion that people stay inside is foolish; the less you know who your neighbors are, the less secure the overall neighborhood.  

Maybe ACP should organize neighborhood shooting clubs; arm the citizenry and get neighbors talking to one another.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

"God," guns, and gutlessness are what were used to oppress, enslave, and slaughter large swaths of people in AmeriKKKa throughout history.

John Bat
John Bat

extremely irresponsible. Houston police department should be spending their time researching and looking into this organization rather than driving around and busting kids for smoking pot.

kelMOd
kelMOd

Or perhaps, as evidenced by this article, that you have already made up yours. 

Rolando Rosilez
Rolando Rosilez

God, guns and guts made America free, lets fight to keep all three. Semper Fi.

jmacqueen
jmacqueen

Oak Forest. Not Oaks Forest.

casey.michel
casey.michel

@boink When discussing "firearm violence," why would we leave any form out? Suicide, homicide, accident -- they're all prevalent, and all pertinent. (To say less of the strong positive correlation between gun ownership rates and suicide-by-firearm: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/magazine/guns-and-suicide/)

As mentioned above, "[M] they are after some further data collection. Hair Balls would welcome it." Unfortunately, all data culled by a non-disinterested third party -- check those sponsorships once more -- is automatically called into question.

MJT1
MJT1

@rgwalt And what are the chances of that happening?  About the same as your house being hit by a block of airplane toilet ice.  Follow the police tips on securing your house, keep an eye out for trouble wherever you are, get a gun AND proper training if you feel you really need it.  There were only 210-plus murders last year for a city of 2 million.  Do the math.

2doo
2doo

@Anse I too live adjacent to Oak Forest (also not Garden Oaks), and the Oakie Facebook page is my go to for time-wasting, mindless entertainment.... some of these people should not allowed to handle a keyboard, let alone a gun.

Anse
Anse

If fully arming a community made it safer, I would assume the 5th Ward would have the lowest crime rate in the region.

MJT1
MJT1

@John Bat Fewer idiot children wandering around or worse driving around, wasting officer's and society's time would make the situation better.

casey.michel
casey.michel

@dellafave17 Based on the extant social science available, I think that's a fair assumption. And based on the purported structure and conductors of this proposed study, I think that's fairer yet.

MJT1
MJT1

@Rolando Rosilez Neighbors being neighbors is what made America and most of the rest of the world free. "You fight for the guy beside you who's fighting for you."

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